Getting Started with Messages for Teachers

Seesaw Messages allows for ongoing communication with students and families that builds a positive environment to support student learning, with trust and safety in mind.

Administrators personalize the Messages experience for your school by determining who administrators, teachers, students, and family members can create messages with.

Teachers: ask your administrator what settings they have chosen for your school.

Choose a Message Type

Announcements member names are hidden. Families can reply directly to teacher announcements based on school settings. Use them for:

  • Newsletter and classroom reminders to families for things such as field trips, days off, or to provide additional learning resources that can be used at home.
  • Whole class reminders and celebrations to students.


Conversations can be 1:1 or Group Messages. Use them for:

  • Discussing student progress with a student and family member/s
  • Connecting groups of students to facilitate discussion or group work
Create and Send an Announcement or Conversation

1. Tap the Messages icon in your Seesaw class.1.png

2. Tap the Pencil icon.

3. Select New Announcement or New Conversation.3.png

4. Select an individual or group of individuals to send message to, or select Add Classes to send messages to groups of teachers, students, and/or family members.

  1. individual recipients for 1:1 message
  2. numerous recipients for a customized group
  3. Add Classes for an entire class

5. Teachers & Admins who have access to Seesaw for Schools premium features are able to schedule messages to be sent at a specific date and time. 


Make Your Content More Engaging
Users are able to add multimedia attachments to any message using Seesaw’s Creative Tools. When composing a message, tap the green +Add button to add an attachment.


The Creative Tools view will appear, and you'll be able to upload a file, attach a photo or video, write a note, share a link, or use the Creative Canvas to draw and annotate a picture!

See Who Has Viewed Your Message
  • To see who has viewed a Conversation, tap on Seen By. 
    • Note: only Teachers/Admins can view read receipts. Parents do not see when a Teacher/Admin has read their message. 
  • Announcements are one-way messages and do not show information about who else is receiving the message to other recipients. Based on school settings, families can reply directly to teachers.

Check out our Messages Quick Start Guides!

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